Although it may still look and feel modern, the Mercedes-Benz EQC is four years old. Therefore, it is in for an update, and it will be a significant one. Say hello to the all-new second-gen Mercedes-Benz EQC, which will still be tasked with taking on the Tesla Model Y and other premium compact electric crossovers.
Its successor is not the prettiest all-quiet crossover in the segment, and it appears that the three-pointed star wants to change this when it comes to the next-gen. Therefore, the model has a new lighting signature and a grille shape that appears to be more similar to that of the brand’s ICE-powered cars, albeit with a closed-off design.
The lines on the doors are mismatched on this scooped tester. The taillights are provisional, and the rear license plate still sits on the bumper. The roofline seems just as arched as on its predecessor, though not that sloping when compared to the GLC Coupe. And if you’re curious about this reference, then you probably forgot that the current EQC is based on the internal combustion GLC.
However, that will change when the new generation debuts, as it will make use of an entirely new construction dedicated to EVs. As a result, it should be more spacious overall, and maybe the company’s engineers will manage to drop the weight a bit. We don’t know anything about the powertrains, but we can assume lesser versions will make do with single-motor setups, while the upper specs will launch with dual-motor assemblies and all-wheel drive.
It’s impossible to spot any new traits of the interior in the spy shots taken by our man with the cam, but we can probably look forward to a new layout. The all-new EQC should feature new screens, perhaps with the infotainment system having a portrait positioning (our two cents) and maybe an additional screen mounted in front of the passenger. Overall, we think the cockpit will look more minimalistic, and it will still be bathed in aggressive ambient lighting.
Considering the road-testing phase only recently commenced, we are probably around twelve months or a bit more away from the official unveiling of the next-gen EQC. The premium compact electric crossover is believed to be due as a 2025 model, and it will eventually lend its clever underpinnings to a similar-sized sedan, which will rival the likes of BMW’s upcoming Neue Klasse due in a few years.
Before wrapping it up, we have to tell you that while this is the second-generation EQC, it might not be marketed as an EQ anymore. The automaker is reportedly dropping the EQ logos next year, so it should be interesting to see what their EVs, including the next EQC, will be called.